MIA/POW Watchfire Lights Up Lansing Lakefront

Sep262014

MIA/POW Watchfire Lights Up Lansing Lakefront

 

wf-120Vietnam Veterans of America's chapters 377 Fingerlakes, 704 Auburn and 480 of Owego held the 24th annual Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Day Watchfire in Myers Park Friday.  Each year past, present and future service people gather in the Lansing Town park to celebrate POW/MIA Day, and to symbolically guide unaccounted-for soldiers home.

"The watchfire is historical symbol of guiding those who are lost after a battle to friendly territory," said Mike Moran, who finished his four year stint as First Lieutenant in the Army, and as Major after 17 years in the Reserves.  "Since the end of the Viet Nam war 942 missing have been identified and returned.  1,641 are still unaccounted for.  Captain William Phelps, United States Air Force, from Cortland County is still missing.  We continue to identify and return the remains from other wars.  We all served knowing that no man would be left behind."

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Lansing's Hydrilla Hero

Sep262014

Lansing's Hydrilla Hero

 

hydrillaDave Heck is getting the word out about the hydrilla infestation in southern Cayuga Lake.  Heck has been distributing printed information to help boaters identify hydrilla, keep their boats clean, and to inform them on the correct actions to take when they find hydrilla.  Over the past few weeks he visited both the Lansing Town Board and Village of Lansing trustee meetings to thank the municipalities for their cooperation in helping to get the message out to the public.

"Dave is our leading Hydrilla Hunter along Cayuga Lake's east shore," says Cayuga Lake Watershed Network Steward/Executive Director Hilary Lambert.  "He has been checking for hydrilla along the Lansing shoreline now for three or more years, and has made it his summertime mission to educate lakeshore residents, visitors and town governments about why we do not want hydrilla to spread up the lake."

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Lansing Recognized For Bird-Friendly Salt Point

Sep262014

Lansing Recognized For Bird-Friendly Salt Point

 

osprey_120The Lansing Town Board and Friends of Salt Point were recognized Saturday for the work they have done to transform Salt Point into a bird and birder-friendly nature park.  This year's meeting was hosted by the Cayuga Bird Club in the Village of Lansing.  The certificate was awarded at the New York State Ornithological Association 67th Annual Meeting at the Ramada Hotel.  The Town was represented by Lansing Supervisor Kathy Miller, and Friends of Salt Point by Katrina Binkewicz.

"I regularly see families with children and baby carriages enjoying a stroll around the trails at the Point," says Donna Scott, who was among the nominators. "People can easily hike in and enjoy a big picnic on the pretty lake shore and many have done that. And since Salt Point is one of the few shallow-water refuges for birds on all of Lake Cayuga, the more natural lakeshore of Salt Point and the new plantings and meadow provide a lot of diverse habitat for birds of all kinds."

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Saturday Was 1892 at the 8 Square School House

Sep262014

Saturday Was 1892 at the 8 Square School House

 

8sq-120School is supposed to be out on Saturdays.  But that didn't stop folks who came to have a look at the Eight Square School House on Saturday.  The landmark one-room schoolhouse is celebrating its 200th year, and in some ways it is as vital a school as it was 200 years ago.  Eight Square School House and Youth Education Director Carle West takes students back in time for a day in an 1892 school.

"The kids become totally immersed in the 1890s time period," she says.  "They dress for the day.  They bring a period lunch.  They have no computers.  They have no cell phones, and they don't miss them.  At the end of the day we ask them what they liked and didn't like about the day.  Mostly we hear that they didn't like the outhouses.  They love the well and pump.  They pump their own water to wash their hands, and they like the pen and ink lesson.  Most of the kids like all of it."

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IPEI Announces New Board Members and Officers

Sep262014

IPEI Announces New Board Members and Officers

 

ihs2012_120At the annual meeting of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) board on September 22, President Terry Byrnes welcomed five new board members and moderated the election of officers and approval of the annual budget.

Thanks to the continued generosity of the community, IPEI is able to support educational experiences for Ithaca students and teachers through its five grant programs. This year IPEI is introducing a new funding opportunity—Connecting Classrooms Grants—designed to encourage collaboration and innovation within the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) and positively impact and actively engage students.

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Reed Visits Ithaca Dialysis Center

Sep262014

Reed Visits Ithaca Dialysis Center

 

tomreed2013_120Tom Reed met with staff and patients at the DaVita Dialysis Center in Ithaca Wednesday, a leading provider of dialysis services that treats patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. Among the topics discussed was the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2014, which would include dialysis as a service provided by the National Health Service Corps in shortage areas and revise Medicare payments for dialysis services for patients with end stage renal disease and acute kidney injury.

"We care for patients faced with the challenges of living with kidney disease," Reed said. "Quality care and access to care are important in ensuring that patients have access to the best possible treatments. We must care about patients in a fair and responsible way to deal with their ailments and diseases."

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Today's Green Minute

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Today's Green Minute

 

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Jim Parks is most widely known as the veteran host of HGTV's remodeling show, "New Spaces," which has been enjoyed by television audiences for over nine years.  Today's Green Minute was born as Jim was doing research for a magazine series. He discovered the wealth of innovation being generated in the green world and set out to write a weekly newspaper column. An audio podcast version soon followed, and now video.  One of the things The Lansing Star is proud of is that we are a green, electronic newspaper.  You don't even have to recycle the Star.  This feature offers more on how to make your world greener.  Every few weeks a new episode will be added so check back often.

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